Why this waste?
1 John 2:17 And the world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God abides forever.
Of all the things that can be wasted, the most tragic is that of a wasted human life.
Thousands of lives are wasted in that they are murdered before they ever see the light of day.
An untold number of other lives are wasted by the slow process of self destruction.
Such things as drugs, an immoral lifestyle, as well as the pressure to be accepted by one’s lawless peer group gradually brings lives to utter ruin.
There are those children who grow up with the constant encouraging to "make something" of themselves.
More often than not that means they should get an education and subsequently a good job or some respectable position in life.
They are expected to have a good income, own their own home and car and be a positive influence in the community.
Many have achieved these goals whose lives may in a very real sense be wasted.
Whether or not a life is wasted is ultimately determined not by one’s present apparent success but rather by the state of one’s soul after death.
Many live their lives without giving any apparent serious thought to the will of God.
Their entire life is lived as if there were no God to answer to in a day of final judgment.
On one occasion, a woman who was known as Mary of Bethany anointed Christ with a very costly ointment.
The disciples were indignant at such a lavish display of devotion and made it clear in their own words that they considered such a use of costly ointment to be a waste.
They even went so far as to suggest that a much better use if it could have been made had it been sold and the money given to the poor. Christ responded by making it clear to the disciples that what Mary had done was good and furthermore He proclaimed that she would be remembered perpetually for it.
The fact that she is being mentioned in this article is proof that her good work has not been forgotten and buried in obscurity.
The verse quoted at the beginning of this article states, "...the one who does the will of God abides forever."
The world often looks upon those who are willing to forfeit those things which the world esteems as important in order that they might give themselves to a God honoring life as "wasted."
That which is freely given to Christ, whether it is costly ointment or one’s life, is never wasted.
It will prove in the last day to be the solid gold of good works rather than wood, hay and stubble which will be destroyed by the fire of God’s judgment.